Museveni urges unity in Burundi

Museveni has urged Burundians to move their country forward to prosperity

Museveni has urged Burundians to move their country forward to prosperity

The Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, the mediator in the talks to end the conflict in the Central African nation of Burundi has appealed to leaders to foster unity for the betterment of the country.

Museveni, who was recently appointed by the East African Community (EAC) heads of state summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania was in Burundi Tuesday to jumpstart stalled talks between the government and the ruling party CNDD-FDD on one hand and the opposition, civil society and anti-third term campaigners on the other.

He called upon Burundians to love one another as they grow their country both politically and economically. Museveni castigated that “bankrupt” sectarianism fueled by hate of fellow countrymen and women.

The Ugandan leader, who has been in power for 29 years, commended the efforts of the Burundian government to disarm militias that have harassed and protesters.

“Guns must be a monopoly of the State which is accountable to the people and must only be used purposefully like a surgeon’s knife,” Museveni said.

In all three EAC summits on Burundi, the leaders have called for the disarmament of Imbonerakure militia which associated with the governing party and Nkurunziza. The unruly young men have been accused of torture and harassment by protestors.

This is not Museveni’s first involvement in Burundi politics, in 2000, he was influential in bringing about the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement. President Yoweri Museveni was the Chairman of the Regional Peace Initiative on Burundi as he managed to persuade the Buyoya-led government and rebel movements at that time to sign the agreement that eventually led to peace the country had been enjoying until the outbreak of the protests in April.

The Ugandan head of state has been fully embraced by the government and the ruling party but the opposition is not so optimistic about Museveni mediation given longevity in power.